10 February 2022
Science in the Virtual Pub with Dr. Jason J. Dombroskie: Moth vs Predator: 1000 ways to die, 1001 ways to survive
New York is home to around 4,000 species of moths and butterflies that are integral parts of our ecosystems. Hundreds of species of birds, mammals, arachnids, and insects depend on them for food, but they are not always an easy meal. Both caterpillars and adults employ everything from leaping, biting, stabbing, yelling, and stinging to more passive strategies like poisons, camouflage, and mimicry.
In this talk we will look at the myriad of predators, parasites, and parasitoids looking for a meal and the strategies that moths and butterflies use to survive. Dr. Jason J. Dombroskie is the Manager of the Cornell University Insect Collection (CUIC) & Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab (IDL).
To register: PRI Darwin Days